Diabetes Medical ID — why wear it?

I can’t stress out enough the importance of having one. For all you know, you can have a hypoglycemic episode or a car accident, go unresponsive and can’t tell the world that you’re a diabetic. It’s very important that the first responders know your medical history and the meds you’re on, your allergies, etc. This also can prevent police from thinking that you’re under influence which is the first thing on their minds under just about any circumstances, from a blown headlight to a flat tire.

Some of us don’t want to be tagged as diabetics which is understandable. However I don’t think we have much of a choice, as wearing a Medical ID could make a difference between life and death. It speaks on your behalf when you can’t.

First responders are trained to do a head to toe check for the medical IDs or bracelets, so they’ll find it if needed.

Medical IDs come in all shape & form, whether a bracelet or a card, from USB flash     USB Med Alert Bracelet         drive pendant or a card to Pandora bracelets, name it.  It can store lots of information, such as your name, DOB, blood type, your doctor’s name, your meds and more.  I however am not comfortable with having all these on the bracelet.  I would rather have SEE WALLET CARD engraved on a metal bracelet and store said card next to my driver’s license.

Feel free to buy a wallet card if this suits you; I would opt for a FREE version.  Then if something changes, I can always re-print it rather than buying a new one.

A number of websites have software that allows generating a free printable Medical ID card by entering your data into the fields; all fields are optional and medids_wallet_card_1NOT stored on the site once you’re done printing.  My info was poof, gone the moment I printed it.  Then I noticed that I didn’t enter a dosage of one of my meds so I went back and re-entered everything all over again.  Try doing  this with a paid version and good luck.

You can generate and print your free Medical ID Card either on the HopePaige site or a Med IDs site. If you’re DIY inclined, you can download a blank Medical ID card in PDF format, print it and fill in the blanks by hand.

I really like that it’s a freebie.  Paid versions sometimes have problems with reaching customer service, downloading info; on some of them you can’t enter the OTC meds. Not so with a free card.

Besides being useful in an emergency situation, this card saves you lots of time when seeing your doctor or going for a test.  Instead of answering endless questions, just hand them your card, then sit back and relax while they’re busy writing all the info from the card.  Isn’t that amazing?

You can print your card on a cardstock and laminate it either with a laminator or a mailing tape.  Out of cardstock?  Print it on a plain paper and attach to a piece of cardboard.


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